Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship STS DEFENCE LIMITED

We design, build and integrate cutting-edge technology that enables our armed forces to defend our nation. Whether it’s at sea, in the sky or on the ground, we deliver innovative solutions that make a difference. Our apprentices develop through experience, teamwork & training in a workplace that values customer focus, development & empowerment.

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Closing date: 28 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Starting at £12,890 in the first year if under 18. If over 18 a salary of £17,316 - £30,971 with progression

  • Working week

    Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 16:30. Friday, 08:00 - 13:00.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    24 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Prepare and assemble units / PCB’s (including soldering) in accordance with detailed work instruction sheets, customer specific drawings and specifications.
  • Read and interpret complex CCA drawings, including systems and notes.
  • Verify that routings and detailed Work Instruction Sheets have been followed for all activities.

The training you will be getting

Engineering Fitter Level 3 Advanced apprenticeship on Day release:

One of the following qualifications:

  •  Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) – Awarding organisation EAL; GLH 750, or
  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge) – Awarding organisation Pearson; GLH 720 or
  • Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge) Awarding organisation City & Guilds; GLH 720

Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)

Our apprentices develop through experience, teamwork and
training in a workplace that values customer focus, development
and empowerment. You’ll be given the chance to experience all
the different aspects of our business.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Project Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Systems Engineer

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Desired

About the employer

STS Defence is a UK based technology and system integration company, specialising in mission-critical, highly secure communications and electronic systems. We operate primarily in the defence naval and air sectors, helping our customers to resolve complex technical challenges by delivering innovative solutions and programmes; designing and assembling equipment and systems, and integrating and supporting capability through-life.




Mumby Road


PO12 1AF


Sean Scott

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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